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"Footgolf": Soccer and golf combo helps revenue

Updated: Tuesday, July 15 2014, 09:33 AM EDT
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Paula Toti) -- A new family sport has come to the tri-state. 

It's combination of both golf and soccer and it's breathing new life into the golf course business.  One person kicks the ball, which is actually a soccer ball, down the golf course fairways.  The object is to get the ball into the cup, or the hole.  You find a hole about every 80 yards.
 
"The average footgolfer can play 18 in two hours and that's why we can integrate with the golfers and get along just fine" says Roger Fields, the footgolf coordinator at Vista Verde.
 
The golfers and footgolfers do play along on the same course.  You wait a few minutes to tee off, or kick off, whatever the case may be, if someone is playing in front of you.
 
The popularity of footgolf is coming at a time when golf revenue is declining.  In the past few years Fields said there's been a decrease of about 5 million players. 
 
Locally some courses have closed.  Golfer Troy Jackson told Local 12 he missed "Crooked Tree" which closed in Mason.  He plays golf every week but told us he's anxious to try footgolf.
 
Brad Squier and Ben Vennefron both love golf and soccer and have taken to footgolf.  They told Local 12 the dress code is similar to golf; polo shirts, hats and argyle socks.
 
About 130 golf courses around the country have turned to footgolf as a second source of revenue.
 
Vista Verde will have an official grand opening July 26.  Nine holes without a cart is $10.  Also opening in Liberty Township soon will be footgolf at Green Crest Golf Club.

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